Grosvenor open the door as leisure use agreed for former Liverpool One Debenhams

Liverpool one Grosvenor high street leisure redevelopment
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Leisure is once more taking the lead in the revival of the high street, with the landlord of Liverpool One seeking permission to convert half the former Debenhams building into a new leisure space.


Grosvenor has submitted plans to Liverpool City Council to repurpose 80,000 sq ft across the first and second floors of the vacant unit, in collaboration with design practice The Studio and planning consultant Avison Young. “There has been interest from a leisure operator that may include an element of a go-kart use,” said an Avison Young spokesperson, however Grosvenor was quick to add: “No decisions have been taken at the moment.”

“We are exploring a variety of uses for the former Debenhams store, including leisure.”

The 185,000 sq ft department store closed in May, along with 123 other Debenhams sites across the UK that shuttered as the 100-year old brand went out of business.

Though many of the former Debenhams stores have been converted to office use, such as in Manchester, Leeds, and at the Oxford Street flagship, the Debenhams in Wandsworth’s Southside shopping centre has been taken over by Gravity Active Entertainment.

The leisure firm converted the 80,000 sq ft four-floor unit in January, with bowling, street golf, and go-karting.

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